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A 2 Day Plan for Visiting Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park

When most people think of Walt Disney World visions of Cinderella Castle come to mind. The Magic Kingdom is the place for pixie dust fueled fun and is a park we Disney fanatics want to visit again and again. There is so much to see, do, taste, enjoy and experience in the Magic Kingdom.  Lucky for you we have the perfect two day park plan for guests wanting to enjoy double the Magic Kingdom Magic. This park plan accounts for all attractions in the park and is designed to minimize unnecessary backtracking through the park. Follow this plan as a step by step guide, or consider our suggestions as you design your own perfect park plan!

1. Book Those FastPass+ Times

The most important step to ensuring you see all your must do attractions in any Disney Park is booking your FastPass+ times as soon as your booking window opens.  This means you need to purchase tickets a few months prior to your visit, access the Disney website or My Disney Experience app to book your FastPasses.  Securing Fast Passes means that you can skip the line and save time at three attractions per park day, saving you major time to cover more ground in the parks.

Day 1FastPass+ Recommendations: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight

Day 2FastPass+ Recommendations: Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean

Splash Mountain

2. Strategically Choose Your Magic Kingdom Days

Use park hours and Extra Magic Hour guides to decide which days are best to visit the Magic Kingdom. Remember your park days do not have to be back to back. If possible choose two days during your stay when Extra Magic Hours are at the Magic Kingdom. If early mornings are not your thing select park days when evening Extra Magic Hours are scheduled at Magic Kingdom. If you are not a Disney Resort Guest you can still beat the crowds by arriving at “rope drop” or park opening to enjoy as much time as possible in the park.

Day 1Rope Drop Ride Dash: Space Mountain

Day 2 Rope Drop Ride Dash: The Haunted Mansion

3. Morning Attractions

After enjoying your rope drop attraction, lines are likely still low as guests stream into the park. Head straight to other nearby attractions that you have not planned to visit with a FastPass. Walking off Space Mountain following rope drop and onto Astro Orbiter, Stitch’s Great Escape! and Tomorrowland Speedway within the hour following park opening will be possible depending on the crowd patterns on the day you visit.

Day 1– Morning Attractions: Astro Orbiter, Stitch’s Great Escape!, Tomorrowland Speedway, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Day 2– Morning Attractions: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, “it’s a small world”, Prince Charming Regal Carousel, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Barnstormer

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

3. Park Lunching

There are so many different dining options in the Magic Kingdom so you will certainly find one that is a good fit for your family. If you are looking for a quick service eatery with shareable portions and affordable prices a stop at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland or Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café in Frontierland are good options. If you are looking forward to trying out Be Our Guest Restaurant on your vacation we recommend visiting for lunch when the prices are a bit lower than the dinner menu and the same great food is served. You will need to secure a lunch table with an Advanced Dining Reservation prior to your vacation.

Day 1– Lunch: Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café

Day 2– Lunch: Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest

4. Time to Take it All In

A two day park plan allows not only ample time to see all attractions but time for you to take in the park at your own pace.  Slowing down and feeling less scheduled is great.  Watch the afternoon parade, enjoy Character Greetings, shop, snack or just enjoy people watching from a bench. Take the time to enjoy the park at your own pace throughout the day as your family chooses. Suggestions below are just a few options guests could enjoy during downtime in the park.

Fun Extras for Everyone: Character Greetings, Swiss Family Treehouse, watch the afternoon parade, enjoy a Dole Whip at Aloha Isle, raft to Tom Sawyer Island

Fun Extras for Kids: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom scavenger hunt, A Pirate’s Adventure~ Treasures of the Seven Seas, Casey Junior Splash N’ Soak Station, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

5. Beating the Afternoon Heat

The Florida sun can be intense during the afternoon but with indoor attraction options there are ways to continue the fun while beating the heat. Covered, moving outdoor attraction and shows are a must do in the afternoon. The great news is that most of these attractions have minimal to no wait times and keep guests moving through the line without the need for a FastPass, all ride queues are shaded or air conditioned.

Day 1– Afternoon Attractions: Walt Disney Railroad, The Hall of Presidents, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Day 2– Afternoon Attractions: Liberty Square Riverboat, Country Bear Jamboree, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Mickey’s PhilharMagic

6. Dinner in the Park

After a full day of attraction hopping your crew will be ready to chow down.  No need to leave the park for a great meal. Enjoy dinner at a Magic Kingdom table service restaurant that you booked before your vacation with an Advanced Dining Reservation.

Day 1-Dinner Recommendation: The Crystal Palace Character Buffet

Day 2 –Dinner Recommendation: Loaded Waffles at Sleepy Hollow or a Thanksgiving spread at Liberty Tree Tavern if you want a full meal.

Liberty Tree Tavern



7. Park After Dark

When the sun goes down the magic amps up in the Magic Kingdom.  Enjoy Once Upon A Time castle projection show that highlights scenes from favorite Disney films with an incredible medley of music. After the show, stick around for the stunning Happily Ever After Fireworks display that erupt over the castle and culminate an incredible day at the happiest place on earth.  After the fireworks hop on favorite rides again or enjoy views of the park from outdoor rides like Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover or The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Take your time leaving the park and drop by for a sweet treat at Main Street Bakery as you exit the park.

Day 1- Park After Dark Recommendation: Watch Once Upon A Time projection and Happily Ever After Fireworks. Shop and snack your way out of the park.

Day 2– Park After Dark Recommendation: Take advantage of shorter attraction lines during the projection and fireworks shows and hop on favorite rides again with a shorter wait time!

Castle-Night-MainStUSA

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